Former USMNT and Premier League goalkeeper Brad Friedel has backed Christian Pulisic to find his feet at Chelsea this season, as he can ‘really benefit’ from the managerial change that saw Graham Potter take over from Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.
New owner Todd Boehly decided to part ways with German manager Tuchel last month after the Blues’ dismal start to the 2022-23 season, including in Europe.
Chelsea lie in seventh place in the Premier League, collecting 10 points out of a possible 18 after suffering losses to Leeds and Southampton. In Europe, the Blues lost their opening Champions League match against Dinamo Zagreb before drawing 1-1 against RB Salzburg.￼
Pulisic could, however, now make the most of Potter’s arrival at Stamford Bridge after starting only of Chelsea’s eight games so far this season, claims Friedel.
‘From a United States fan perspective, I want Pulisic to play more, and I want him to do well in the World Cup,’ Friedel, who has 450 appearances in the Premier League under his belt, told Betway.
‘He may really benefit from Thomas Tuchel leaving, because things weren’t going incredibly well on the playing front in terms of starts and minutes on the pitch,’ the former Liverpool, Blackburn, Aston Villa and Tottenham goalkeeper with 82 caps for the Star and Stripes added.
Earlier this week, the 24-year-old revealed that he was ‘dumbfounded’ by Tuchel’s choice to bench him against Real Madrid in the second leg of the 2020-2021 semifinal after scoring at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
The former Borussia Dortmund star has played inconsistently during his time so far at Stamford Bridge, ever since his $65million transfer from Germany in 2019. Over the summer, he was linked with loan moves to Newcastle and Manchester United.
‘Again, I don’t know what Graham Potter’s views are of him, but he is a new head coach so he is going to give him a chance: I am sure of that at some stage,’ Friedel stressed.
‘But he might be one of the players who really benefits from a managerial change.’
The former UCLA and Columbus Crew goalkeeper also claimed that he could see Spurs and England striker Harry Kane play in the MLS one day, similarly to Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and David Beckham.
‘I’m not stirring anything up, I’ve never spoken to him about it, but I do know he does love American sports. Could I see him over here at some point? Yeah, I could,’ Friedel said.
‘I think with the way Daniel Levy does his business, if he ever does leave Tottenham, going somewhere where he is not going to compete with Tottenham is probably a destination that Daniel Levy would like him to go to. If he ever leaves. So yes, I could see him over here,’ he added.